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Classic French Onion Soup

Last Modified: 09/22/08
First Published: 09/21/08
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General Info
Servings: 4
Total Cost: $9.26
Cost Per Serving: $2.31
Total Calories: 2,793
Calories/Serving: 698
Onion, Yellow Diced (sliced or diced) * 6.00 Pounds $6.01 1,140
Butter, Unsalted 4 Tablespoons 56.00 Grams $0.25 400
Chicken Broth 5 Cups 1,215.00 Grams $0.54 60
Bread, French Baguette (sliced) * 8.00 Ounces $1.01 626
Cheddar Cheese * 4.00 Ounces $0.88 457
Vermouth, Dry, Generic 750 ml Bottle 1/4 Cup 56.00 Grams $0.56 110
Salt, Table 1 Teaspoon 6.00 Grams $0.01 0

French Onion Soup is a classic dish with few ingredients, but what makes it special is the way the onions represent a completely different taste and texture then they typically have.french onion soup

If you are looking for a really great soup then it takes some time to properly caramelize the onions. We also start with a lot of onions. We figure 7 large yellow onions with only 5 cups of liquid for 4 servings gives a very strong onion flavor. We take about 2 hours to caramelize the onions, stirring every few minutes. This length of time allows for a very deep color and flavor.


Place butter in a soup pot, or a dutch oven on medium heat and add the julienned onions and salt.

After the onions have caramelized add the 5 cups of broth (or boullion cubes and water).

Add the soup to an oven safe bowl, and then add some bread and a slice of cheese and place under the broiler for a few minutes.